- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The state Supreme Court says a Quinn family should collect insurance for cattle that drowned during the autumn 2013 blizzard that devastated western South Dakota ranchers.

The high court in an opinion released Thursday ruled that Richard and Lorayna Papousek’s insurance covers 93 yearling heifers that died in the October 2013 storm under a drowning provision.

Family attorney Sarah Baron Houy says “justice has been done.”

A lower court had sided with their insurance company, De Smet Farm Mutual Insurance Company of South Dakota, which argued that none of the cattle were discovered submerged in water.

A veterinarian for the family said that the cattle inhaled rain and snow, which led to their death.

An attorney for the company didn’t immediately return a telephone message requesting comment.


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